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Frenchkiss Label Spotlight
Started in 1999 as a way for Les Savy Fav bassist Syd Butler to release the band's second album—the excellent The Cat and the Cobra—New York label Frenchkiss quickly exceeded such modest expectations, going on to champion future indie rock greats like The Hold Steady and Passion Pit.

14 years later, Frenchkiss remains driven less by any single sound than by a discriminating ear for mold-breaking artists of all stripes—and by a tradition of catching promising acts on the rise.

No surprise then that this collection of tracks jumps from the artful acoustic sulk of Australian singer-songwriter Emma Louise's "Boy" to the tense post-punk of Bloc Party with plenty of unexpected points in between.

L.A. band Local Natives and Chicago outfit Young Man offer two takes on lush and layered indie rock, from the choral pop of the former's "Breakers" (from new album Hummingbird) to the nimble guitar-picking sprawl of the latter's "Fate."

Other highlights include the dark drums-and-guitars interplay of the Dodos, the slow-building shimmer of The Antlers' "I Don't Want Love," and the respectively surfy and shoegazey garage rock of The Drums and Crocodiles.

Fittingly, it's all capped off with founders Les Savy Fav's searing anthem "Let's Get Out of Here."

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Songs Album
Artist
1
Breakers Hummingbird
4:09
Local Natives
2
Octopus Four
3:05
Bloc Party
3
Fate Fate
6:21
Young Man
4
Boy Boy
4:33
Emma Louise
5
Endless Flowers Endless Flowers
4:34
Crocodiles
6
Money Money
3:53
The Drums
7
(This Is Why) I Can't Wear White (This Is Why) I Can't Wear White
3:37
Flock Of Dimes
8
I Don't Want Love Burst Apart
3:19
The Antlers
9
Black Night No Color
4:22
The Dodos
10
Let's Get Out Of Here Root For Ruin
3:33
Les Savy Fav